West Chester Concert Series kicks off this Saturday. Check out who’s performing.

The West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park has become an annual, summertime tradition for many residents. CONTRIBUTED
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The West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park has become an annual, summertime tradition for many residents. CONTRIBUTED

The popular West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park will bring music lovers together in a natural park setting on select Saturdays this summer through Labor Day. The series will kick off on June 1 with the Cincinnati Brass Band.

“We’re always excited in West Chester to be able to offer two weekly free concerts for the community — West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park and The Takeover. So, we wanted to differentiate them. The concerts at Keehner Park are usually a wider range of music,” said Barb Wilson, spokeswoman for West Chester Twp.

She said the concerts at Keehner Park represent brass bands, symphonic bands, big bands, steel drum bands, classic rock and more. There’s something for everyone.

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The West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park has become an annual, summertime tradition for many residents. CONTRIBUTED

The West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park has become an annual, summertime tradition for many residents. CONTRIBUTED
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The West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park has become an annual, summertime tradition for many residents. CONTRIBUTED

The series will feature a mix of new acts like Britney’s Lipstick and Big Trouble Blues Band, along with several returning favorites. The concerts will begin on June 1 with the Cincinnati Brass Band, and wrap up on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, with the West Chester Symphony Orchestra.

“We are so fortunate in the community to have a place like Keehner Park with the beautiful amphitheater. It’s nestled into the woods a little bit; you can bring a chair or a blanket and sit on the lawn. It’s another great place to bring kids and there’s a playground nearby,” Wilson said.

With the exception of the Labor Day concert on Sept. 2, which starts at 6:30 p.m., all other concerts will begin at 7 p.m. at the Keehner Park Amphitheatre stage. The summer-long concert series will showcase favorites like Blue Stone Ivory, Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band, 122nd Army Band, P&G Big Band and more. The West Chester Symphony Orchestra will also perform twice this summer, including at a community ice cream social at the park on June 22.

Concertgoers at Keehner Park not only enjoy the music, but the surroundings. In addition to the amphitheatre, other amenities at the 120-acre park include picnic shelters, playgrounds, baseball fields, tennis courts and basketball courts. There are also wooded trails, which are great for walking and cross-country running.

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The West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park has become an annual, summertime tradition for many residents. CONTRIBUTED

The West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park has become an annual, summertime tradition for many residents. CONTRIBUTED
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The West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park has become an annual, summertime tradition for many residents. CONTRIBUTED

“I’m not sure that our residents are all familiar with it, or have taken advantage of it, but I hope more come to realize that it’s there, and the concerts are another way we bring the park to life by offering these concerts, and bringing people into the park,” Wilson said.

Although there’s no alcohol served or food concessions available, guests can pack a picnic, spread a blanket, and bring games for their children to play.


HOW TO GO

What: West Chester Concert Series

Where: Keehner Park, Keehner Park Amphitheatre, 7211 Barret Road, West Chester

When: Select Saturdays, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Cost: Free

More info: www.WestChesterOH.org. Guests may bring chairs. Alcohol is not permitted.

2019 West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park lineup

June 1: Cincinnati Brass Band

June 8: Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band

June 15: Arts Council Presents Bluegrass in the Park

June 22: West Chester Symphony — Ice Cream Social

June 29: 122nd Army Band

July 6: Miami University Steel Drum Band

July 13: P&G Big Band

July 20: Blue Stone Ivory

July 27: No concert – Shakespeare in the Park

Aug. 3: No concert

Aug. 10: Big Trouble Blues Band

Aug. 17: Britney’s Lipstick

Aug. 24: Ben Levin Piano

Aug. 31: No concert

Monday, Sept. 2: West Chester Symphony (6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)

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